Passing out parade brings change for the better

Maafu House platoon in slow march during the Levuka Public School's pass out parade. Picture: JOHN KAMEA

ISIKELI Colata is one step closer to realising his dream of one day becoming an architect.

This, after he was awarded the baton of honour during Levuka Public School’s 140th birthday anniversary and cadet passing-out parade yesterday.

“I am really overjoyed and I can’t believe it,” the shy sixth former said.

“My commitment to training over the past seven weeks has paid off and I dedicate my win to my family and teachers.”

Isikeli’s parents said the cadet training made him a transformed person.

“He has changed a lot since he took up cadet training and we only hope he will continue to live out what he has learned,” his mother Mereseini said.

“He wants to be an architect and I believe today’s award shows he is on his way to achieving his dreams.”

Isikeli is the deputy head boy of the school

While delivering his keynote address, chief guest Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Rusiate Tudravu expressed the force’s concern over the increase in juvenile offences, especially those concerning drug abuse.

He reminded parents to relook at their roles in guiding and instilling discipline in their children while challenging students to “step away” from temptations and remember their parents’ wise counsel and guidance.

The Old Capital was a hive of festivities and fun from Thursday when registration started at LPS.

Yesterday’s celebrations started with a float procession through Levuka Town and ended with festivities and entertainment at Nasau Park

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LPS is made up of four houses; Qaraniqio (blue), Tanoa (yellow), Ma’afu (green) and Mara (red).

Other awards given at yesterday’s passing-out parade:

l Best Overall Command, Mosese Saini (Mara House)

l Best Detachment in Drill, Jones Veimateyaki

l Best Detachment Commander, Teresia Loco (Ma’afu House)

l Best Male Cadet, Tevita Davui (Ma’afu House)

l Best Female Cadet, Lice Tuwaininiu (Tanoa House)

l Most Improved Cadet, Karalaini Buloumaiwasa (Qaraniqio House)

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